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Call for Papers - Bulletin of Latin American Research

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

The Ramifications of the War in Ukraine for Latin America and the Caribbean: Political, Socioeconomic and Cultural Perspectives

The Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) publishes original research of current interest on Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the Latin American Diaspora from all academic disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities. Given the ongoing war in Ukraine and its global sequelae, we are inviting contributions to a virtual Special Issue that will explore its ramifications for the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

Russia-Ukraine tensions escalated from 2021 and on 24 February 2022 Russia launched a military operation to invade Ukraine. More than a year after, the war goes on and its consequences thus far are devastating, multifaceted and global. More than 12 million people are estimated to have been displaced by the war. The lack of basic commodities produced by Russia and Ukraine has led to a global energy and food sovereignty crisis, inflation and the consequent cost of living crisis, and a deepening of poverty. With efforts to find alternative energy supplies, steps to tackle climate change and the contemporary environmental crisis have been deaccelerated or postponed.

Such global and diverse ramifications of the Russia-Ukraine war raise questions about the subjectivities, affects, cultural products, political responses, and socioeconomic conditions that emerge in a region like Latin America and the Caribbean to explicitly or implicitly address the war.

  • How is the Russia-Ukraine war present in or absent from the LAC region?

  • In what ways is the war affecting the economies of LAC?

  • How is the war being represented in the region’s cultural production?

  • What is being done at the policy level to address the impacts of the war?

  • How are LAC governments participating in diplomacy and international attempts to bring an end to the war or deal with it?

  • How are different actors in Latin America and the Caribbean region speaking and writing about the war or imagining it?

  • What affects and subjective feelings are emerging in the LAC region in relation to the war?

  • Has the war opened new migratory dynamics between LAC, Russia and Ukraine?

  • How have past interactions between the LAC region and Russia or Ukraine influenced attitudes or responses to the war?

  • What is the value of historical approaches to the region to understand the ramifications of a global phenomenon such as the Russia-Ukraine war?

We invite scholars from diverse backgrounds in the social sciences and humanities to contribute original research articles that shed light on this complex set of questions emerging out of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Submission Guidelines:

We welcome original contributions from scholars across the social sciences and humanities.

Manuscripts should adhere to the journal's guidelines, which can be found on the BLAR website.

Please note that for this Special Issue, submitted articles should have a minimum length of 1,000 words and a maximum length of 2,000 words (including titles, abstract and references).

All submissions will undergo a peer-review process to ensure academic excellence and interdisciplinary relevance.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 September 2023

Paper submission deadline: 15 January 2024

Submission Process:

Interested authors should submit an abstract (300 words) to by 3pm on Friday 27th October.

Please include "Latin America - Ukraine Special Issue" in the subject line.

Upon acceptance, authors will be provided with further instructions for submitting their full papers.

For further inquiries or clarifications, please contact Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero at

We look forward to receiving your contributions and to the stimulating discussions that this special issue will generate. Join us in uncovering the rich tapestry of Latin America - Ukraine connections and shedding new light on this intriguing relationship.

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